Saturday, March 03, 2012

Folk Alley Live Recording - Nora Jane Struthers (Folk Alliance 2012)
EPK Mark O'Connor - Composer and Violinist: Narrated by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Beatritz de Dia: A chantar m'er de so qu'ieu non volria

Friday, March 02, 2012

Items of Interest, 2 March 2012

Andrew Bacevich, Uncle Sam, Global Gangster

The End in Afghanistan
Two more US soldiers killed by Afghan gunmen

Daniel Larison, Attacking Iran All But Guarantees Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Daniel McCarthy, The Totalitarian Constitution

Virtue, Wisdom, Experience, Not Abstract Rights, Form the Basis of the American Republic by Gregory S. Ahern

James Q. Wilson, RIP

Thomas Fleming, US Senators in Hell's Kitchen

Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

ResPublica: Our House: Reflections on Representation and Reform in the House of Lords

Rod Dreher, Theodicy on the Highway

Thank goodness daddy can’t really protect her from bad guys!
Forget Canada.

Economics and Environment:
The Conservative Case Against Free Trade

There is an alternative by Charles Eisenstein (EB)

Vermont Commons: Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - A Short Film

Film Premiere Q&A (mp3)

Oceans acidifying faster today than in past 300 million years
How many assumptions are at work here?

Are We Doomed? - YERT

PCI Profile for James Howard Kunstler

On The Prince’s Speech: The Future of Food by Antonio Roman-Alcalá (EB)

The Happy Hoarder: Feed bag edition

Spanish Village, in Debt, Relies on Volunteers

Obstacles to Going Back to the Land

The "Papal Coronation Oath"
And More on Alternate Venues for Attending Mass

Growing in Our Call to Holiness
Lenten resource helps Catholics learn about their faith through examples of the saints

Finding Jesus in Israel (Part 2)
Vicar of Hebrew-Speaking Catholics Tells His Story

Finding Jesus in Israel (Part 1)
Vicar of Hebrew-Speaking Catholics Tells His Story

A Family Lesson From the Ratzingers
Micael Hesemann Speaks of Compiling Georg's Testimony in "My Brother, The Pope"

What they have wrought: a "culture" built on the "license of base fornicating women" - something from Casti connubii. And the feminists are willing dupes.

Sandro Magister, Legionaries. The Young Vicar and the Restless Virgins

Insight Scoop: If you haven't been to the CWR blog lately, you have likely missed...

Daniel Larison, Why Was Nestorius Wrong?

Conversion, Sex, and Segregation: Jews and Christians in Medieval Spain

Circe Institute: Interview with Dr. James Taylor (mp3)

The Invitation to the Great Conversation by Robert M. Woods

Diet and Health:
The 2nd MovNat Principle: Instinctual

Punch Brothers: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Josh Groban and Tony Bennett

Field and Stream: Best New Knives of 2012
Gear Scout: Triple Aught Design (TAD) Ranger Hoodie Long Term Review

Ron Paul on Piers Morgan Tonight again - from last night.

Miranda Lambert, "Over You"

MV and Behind the Scenes

Life In A Day

Executive produced by Ridley Scott (and Tony Scott?) and directed by Kevin Macdonald

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Abeer Nehme, Ya rabbal kouwwat

abeer nehme - The Lent Byzantine Syriac Chant - Ya rabbal kouwwat - Joseph Yazbeck

Items of Interest, 1 March 2012

Fabius Maximus: Ask the mineshaft: what’s gone wrong with America? The decay spreads faster than I imagined possible.
Mumbo Jumble: The underwhelming response of the American economics profession to the crisis by Philip Mirowski (EB)

Philip Giraldi, Corruption and the Citizen, American Style

Paul Gottfried, How England Helped Start the Great War

How Empires Fall by Andy Kroll
How The Media Got The Parchin Access Story Wrong by Gareth Porter
Our Gang of War Criminals by Dave Lindorff
Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Winning Issue by Ralph Nader

“The Gray”: A Man’s Movie by Jon Basil Utley
The Private Man on hats.

Darian Worden, Preventing a Syria Scenario

Alternative Right:
The Once-Weres and the Could-Have-Beens by Derek Turner
Why Conservatives Always Lose by Alex Kurtagic
The Soul of Western Man: Making Our Appeal by Paul Deussen
Good luck, as Alternative Right may be perceived as a WN website.

Hold the Genocide, Please By Andy Nowicki
Boer Self-Determination as a Just Cause
I am reminded of the movie Safe House; there's a scene involving a street demonstration by blacks and whites. I suppose there may still be some liberal whites in South Africa who believe in multiracial harmony, especially among the youth. Once they decided to share power was the black-on-white violence inevitable? How do you protect yourself against a numerically superior group in a "democracy"? If the whites couldn't partition a separate state for themselves, they should have just left (as many are doing now).

His evaluation of the greatest hits of Whitney Houston.

Spengler on demographic decline: The fifth horseman of the apocalypse.


Book Review: Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter: Scaling Back In The 21st Century

Peak Oil and Energy:
$5 Gas = Long, Hot, Crazy Summer by Richard Heinberg (EB)

Great Decisions: Energy Geopolitics by Daniel Lerch (EB)

Great Decisions - February 3, 2012 - Energy Geopolitics: Daniel Lerch from World Affairs Council of Oregon on Vimeo.

The Peak Oil Crisis: A Breakthrough? by Tom Whipple (EB)

Future of food in Japan by Brendan Barrett and Mark Notaras (EB)

Diet and Health:
The Paleo Eating Basics: An Interview with Free the Animal Creator Richard Nikoley

Johnny Cash vs. MTD

Fr. Z: Benedictine Monks at Norcia have a new video on their way of life: Quaerere Deum… To Seek God.

Lila Rose posts the following on FB - Celebrate Women’s History Month with America’s Original Feminists

Alas, there is very little to admire in the first feminists not much to praise in the positions, given how radical they truly were. Self-proclaimed Catholic feminists do not understand this, believing that they are acceptable merely because they are against abortion and endorse true equality. See Full of Grace, Seasoned with Salt.

Bargaining in the shadow of the law.
Raising Conservative Daughters (What if Your Daughter Divorces)
The Celebrity of Female

Chuck Baldwin, Remembering the Alamo
The Cost of Capital and Medieval Agricultural Technique
The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa: The Culture and Practice of Crusading in Medieval Iberia

The Bit That I Don't Get - Katie Melua - LIVE - ARD Morgenmagazin - DAS ERSTE

The passing of Davy Jones...
The Grascals - Last Train To Clarksville

They used to air the show on one of the local channels when I was a child, but I never was absorbed into it. A bit too foreign, the music and everything.

Traditional Folksinger's Lament

Heard this on KKUP this morning...
Why Can’t We Have a Christian Republic? by Daniel McCarthy

On my walk through RSA today I was briefly thinking about the Protestant roots of the United States and whether Catholics should have as their heroes the Founding Fathers or saints. Outside of those polities where it already existed, would it have been possible for Catholics to create some form of republic?

Mr. McCarthy:

Rod Dreher has recently wondered whether the “Catholic moment” in American politics has passed. I’m among those who are skeptical that such a moment could ever have occurred: not only is this country quite liberal and individualistic, as Rod says, but its political structure at its core is Protestant. Catholic political theory has a hard time dealing with the American political system — despite a great many modern modifications, the Catholic Church’s fundamental understanding of how politics works was shaped by the practices of Christendom, by the existence of stable authorities who formally acknowledged the moral authority of the Church and who at least pretended to heed the Church’s teachings. The American public, by contrast, is not a stable authority — nor are the politicians who serially hold office — and neither the public nor the Constitution acknowledges the authority of the Church in anything except the fuzziest or most utilitarian terms. Presumably the mechanism by which a “Catholic moment” could be fulfilled would involve Catholic voters and sympathetic Protestants electing Christian politicians who would pass morally Christian legislation, while in the extra-political world Catholic-inclined minds would have great influence in the media and other outlets of civil society.

With what sort of thing are we dealing? Even if federalism had somehow been maintained, would the states themselves have been problematic (because of their scale or something else)?

If the local Church is strong and healthy, why wouldn't it have a good relationship with a Christian republic?

Catholics attempting to exert political power through numbers alone, without due attention to social cohesiveness and reforming local identity and community, seems like the wrong way to go about things.

Preserve families and the local Church first, then evangelize. Thus includes fostering alternative economic structures that would provide greater economic freedom to the local Church, and I would argue that this may even be a duty incumbent on Catholics, who need to unplug themselves from the "system." Local Churches should be devoting more attention to local c-ops and the like. So long as lay people are complacent wage slaves, the local Church will remain weak.

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full


TED's notion of "balance" or "equal time": Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

Melting pot, stew, or...?

Tan Le: My immigration story

The Archdruid Report: The Trajectory of Empires

The Archdruid Report: The Trajectory of Empires: The structure of empire anatomized in last week’s post is a source of considerable strength for any imperial nation that manages to get it i...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Items of Interest, 29 February 2012

How Much is That Politician in the Window?
Sarah van Gelder on a record season of corporate-funded political advertising and what it means for the 99 percent.

Srjda Trifkovic, The Afghan Debacle

U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea
But should the US really be shouldering all of the burden (with respect to food aid)?

New Navy Railgun Tests Leading to Ship Superweapon by 2020

Russell Kirk, Virtue, Can it be taught?

Edmund Burke on the virtue of justice.

John Robb, The Fall of Stratfor

America as a Constitutional Republic: When Can the President Kill?

Vladimir Putin 'virgin' voter advert becomes online hit

Kevin Carson, Communal Property: A Libertarian Analysis and On Brandon Darby and “Sanctioned Use of Force”

Wyoming prepares for "complete meltdown of the federal government"
Wyoming apocalypse plan: crazy or visionary?

Slow Money Principles

Occupy Educated and Occupy U

Gene Logsdon, Yet another look at winter grazing (EB)

Peak Oil and Energy:
Myhrvold finds we need clean energy yesterday (and no natural gas) to avoid being cooked

The View from Brittany: Imperial Leftovers

Dmitri Orlov, A pile of straw at the bottom of the cliff (EB)

My great hope for the future by Tom Murphy (EB)

Throne, Altar, Liberty: The Folly of Feminism

Slow Down and Eat Up: New and Best-selling Slow Food Titles on Sale

NLM: Dino Marcantonio, St. Germanus and Turning Eastward
Mendicants and Merchants in Fifteenth Century Florence

Dominican Rite Missa Cantata on March 7 in New York City

A Response to Anglo-Saxon Heroism and Fourteenth Century Chivalry: Ideals for the Warrior in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien
Peregrini, Barbari, and Cives Romani: Concepts of Citizenship and the Legal Identity of Barbarians in the Later Roman Empire

From melkimx: Elizabethan Compendium

The Circe Institute's Free Audio Library
Classical Education After the Digital Revolution, Part 1 of 3

Diet and Health:
Jimmy Moore, What’s With The Antagonism About Low-Carb From The Paleo Community Lately?

Free the Animal: Synthesis: Low-Carb and Food Reward/Palatability, and Why Calories Count

Mark Sisson asks whether the primal blueprint diet would be sustainable if everyone followed it: Can We Feed the World on the Primal Blueprint Diet? – Part 1

The Science of Barefoot Running

Romanian Brothers, Age Seven and Five, Are Unbelievably Strong

Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Katz DVD Trailer

Sequentia for the BEMF

Just Before Chris Thile, There Was A Certain Mandolin Player...

The Academy of Ancient Music on BBC Radio 3. (6 days left to listen)

Placido Domingo & Stephen Colbert: La Donna E Mobile

Andrew Carwood sings Byrd's praises - The Cardinall's Musick.

Spyderco Trademark Round Hole
Thomas H. Naylor on Morris Berman's Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline in The Hucksters of Empire:

Perhaps the most interesting chapter in Why America Failed is the one on the American South. Berman argues that, notwithstanding the slavery and racism (which he abhors) that existed there, the Antebellum South with its agricultural economy and its traditional culture provided the only alternative to the dominant high-speed, high-stress, high-tech, imperialistic, industrial culture found elsewhere in the United States. Before the Civil War, the Rural South represented a communitarian alternative to the dehumanized, mass-production, mass-consumption, narcissistic lifestyle that was beginning to permeate most of the rest of America – an alternative to the politics of money, power, speed, greed, and progress. The Antebellum South discovered the joys of simple living long before simple living came back in vogue in the 1990s.

The real tragedy of the Civil War was that it was not possible to find an alternative way to end the scourge of slavery which did not result in the deaths of 625,000 individuals. It was a classic case of throwing out the baby (traditional culture) with the bath water (slavery). What was at stake in the Civil War was nothing less than the clash of two radically different civilizations according to Berman.

Throughout its history America has tried to “fix” traditional societies which it perceived to be obstacles to progress.

What the North did to the South is really the model of what America in general did and does to “backward” (i.e., traditional) societies, if it can. You wipe out almost the entire indigenous population of North America; you steal half of Mexico; you literally vaporize a large chunk of the Japanese population; you bomb Vietnam “back to the Stone Age” (in the words of Curtis LeMay); you “shock and awe” Iraqi civilians, and so on.

Berman’s chapter on the South is the most insightful piece I have ever read about the region where I spent over a half century of my life. It reads like a tragic Southern novel entitled What Might Have Been, But Could Never Be.

Is his assessment of the early settlers too negative?

According to Berman the seeds of the Empire’s destruction were sewn in the sixteenth century by the early European settlers who were, above all, into “hustling” – looking out for number one. Ever since then, “hustling, materialism, and the pursuit of personal gain without regard for its effects on others” have provided the dominant theme of the American culture. He or she who dies with the most toys wins the game. Enough never seems to be quite enough.

One should look to the moral choices (and culture) as the causes of decline, but perhaps there is an inevitability to it once the polity gets off track, so that even good people are stuck making choices that are not so good?

If they were being squeezed in the motherland by those with power, one can understand why they would go somewhere else (rather than seeking to replace the government).

Morris Berman's blog

Conversations with Great Minds

From 2006: Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
The book - W.N. Norton.

Benedictine 2020: A Vision For Greatness

Who will inform them that their plan may be making bad assumptions about the future?
Martina Moments #51: Big Kansas City News

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March is a good month for music

Nora Jane Struthers and Ton Koopman will be in the area on March 10.

Nora Jane Struthers: FB events
Ton Koopman: Cal Performances

Also in March: SFEMS this weekend
Rhonda Vincent at Freight & Salvage (March 7)
Lauren Rioux and Brittney Haas (March 24)

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas will be performing in Monterey on March 4.

Items of Interest, 28 February 2012

The Great War: The Untold War Story - Then and Now by Adam Hochschild (TomDispatch)

Engelhardt and Turse, The End in Afghanistan?

Fabius Maximus: The end nears for our expedition to Afghanistan. Time to reflect on what went wrong.

Mark T. Mitchell, Living Alone

Interview with Russell Hittinger on Jacques Maritain: Scholasticism and Political Freedom (mp3)

The Politics of Health Reform from a Medieval Perspective

Book Review: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

Thomas Fleming on the Cleveland school shooting: Cleveland - An Anthem for Doomed Youth

Stones of Medieval Italy

David Lindsay on Margaret Thatcher: Any Old Iron

Right Minds By Samuel Goldman
What sets conservatives apart from authoritarians and fascists?

America's Founding and Limited Government
PJB: What is it that we wish to conserve?
Did the Great Society Ruin Society?

Learn French Not Chinese

NYT: Japan Considered Tokyo Evacuation During the Nuclear Crisis Report Says

The Uneconomics guide to money creation (EB)

The Agabus Project podcast: ep2 Joel Salatin: “Building Forgiveness”
Lowell talks with Joel Salatin, farmer at Polyface Farms and author of “Folks, This Ain’t Normal.” Salatin speaks of his Christian faith, of building forgiveness into the soil, of sharing Christ freely, and choosing grace over survivalism. (photo: Rachel Salatin)

Sowing Seeds in the Desert by Masanobu Fukuoka

Zurich Adventures in Urban Relocalization

Energy Bulletin: A food system that needs citizen Occupation (and farmers!) - Feb 28

Move Our Money: New state bank bills address credit and housing crises by Ellen Brown (EB)

Pocket Neighborhoods: Small-scale living in a large-scale world by Kelly McCartney (EB)

Peak Oil and Energy:
A Dynamic Function for EROI
Rebuttal to the director of the US Geological Survey on peak oil by Gary Charbonneau and Dave Rollo(EB)

NLM: Details on the Fifth Fota International Liturgy Conference
Fr. Z: REVIEW: New 3-volume (Extraordinary Form) Roman Breviary in Latin and English from Baronius Press

SFEMS: Meet Archetti (They will be performing this coming weekend - MS and FB. An article from a few years ago.)

Alamire will be coming to the west coast in... 2014. Let's see what happens before then.


Videos 1, 2, and 3

The new cast for Dancing with the Stars.

Something from US Cavalry:
Last time I talked with him on the phone, a certain friend complaining about marriage and the amount of attention his child requires. I had been hoping that perhaps the marriage would be an oppotunity for growth and improvement. But character doesn't change? Maybe it's just the habit of complaining that surfaces despite being attached to his daughter. Who couldn't bond to her? Who doesn't experience annoyance or frustration when dealing with infants? But the complaining can be poisonous, even if it is not deeply-rooted.

Kyrie eleison.

Dehlia Low, State of Jefferson

official (MS and FB)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stupid people at CBS too.

NBC is not alone: Lucy Liu To Play Watson In CBS’ Modern Sherlock Holmes Pilot ‘Elementary’

"Let's tweak it a little so it doesn't resemble the BBC/Stephen Moffat series."

But to be accurate, "girl power" has dominated all of the three "major" networks for some time.

How are they going to explain her name? Another Asian who married a white guy? Or worse, an Asian girl who was adopted by white parents?

Any bets on how long the show will last?

Items of Interest, 27 February 2012

Judge Sides With Monsanto
Ridicules Farmers' Right to Grow Food Without Fear, Contamination and Economic Harm

California Farm Conference

Franklin Spinney, Lying for a Cause

Patrick Buchanan, For What? All These Wars

Peter Hitchens, The Myth of Margaret Thatcher

Daniel McCarthy, The Closing of the Cable Television Mind

Philip Giraldi, Afghanistan in the Rear View Mirror

Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson

Wealthier People More Likely To Lie or Cheat, Study Says

The Place Where I Write: Cecily Parks

Wes Jackson, Forever Planting (for Peak Oil & Climate Change) (mp3)

Don’t Mock the Artisanal-Pickle Makers

Creating Healthy, Sustainable Neighborhoods - Even in the Suburbs

Presenting the Community Resilience Guides

100 Mile Houses Expands the Locavore Movement from Food to Architecture

Cold comfort. Review: The Winter Harvest Handbook

Dr. Vandana Shiva - Occupy Our Food Supply
Vandana Shiva - Teachers for a Living World

Diet and Health:
Dr. Robert Lustig - Almost Everyone Eats it, But it's a "Breeding Ground" for Disease

Chris Masterjohn: My Interview With "Ask Bryan" Davis on his "Doc Fermento Discovers the World" Podcast is Now Up! (mp3)

Cornerstone Forum
The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

William Byrd - The sacred and the profound by Richard Fairman

The Infamous Stringdusters

Meryl Streep - The Fresh Air Interview

SWCS Organization

"Poem for Carlita" by Mark O'Connor

Went to a certain school today, one that I had not visited for a year at least, probably. The demographics of the students have changed in the last 15 years. There are fewer Vietnamese (and Cambodian) students at the school. I wouldn't be surprised if the standardized test scores have changed accordingly. There were a lot of surly students in that class and pupils more interested in talking than doing their work. 6th grade - the girls were hitting puberty. One of the other teachers lectured them on failing to show respect to an author who was visiting the school on Friday to give a speech.

Maybe their attitudes have been affected in part by mass education. But what of the lack of family education? Is there any hope that they can be shaped for the better? Since I was just there for a day, it felt like babysitting and I had very little incentive to try to be a miracle worker.
All I could think at the time was that if they is the future of California, I don't want any part of it. Even the "unproductive" can have children and these problems will most likely be perpetuated. If they were schooled in the manner appropriate to their abilities things might be different. But that's not going to happen now, is it?

I did see YR as I was leaving; she's in 4th grade now. Time flies.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Items of Interest, 26 February 2012

Seventh state steps into ring to fight NDAA kidnapping

Claes Ryn: Republican Virtue, Imperial Temptations
by Richard Gamble

John C. Calhoun: The Oracle of the South by M. E. Bradford

Peter Hitchens, If not Putin, who? It's because I love my own country that I can see the point of this sinister tyrant who so ruthlessly stands up for Russia and Our laws, our freedom and our people... Kidnapped by America

A conversation with Herman Daly (EB)

David Rosenberg Presents The Six Pins That Can Pop The Complacency Bubble

Gas prices set records, soon to reach new highs by Zachary Moitoza (EB)

Peak Oil and Energy:
Peak energy & resources, climate change, and the preservation of knowledge by Alice Friedemann (EB)

The art of producing sustainable consumer goods: basketry by Brian Kaller (EB)

Cultivating a sustainable community: The cycle of collaboration by Brad Smith and Barbara Wishingrad (EB)

Sustainable Farming:
Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline by Fred Kirschenmann (EB)

Medieval Prostitution in Secular Law: The Sex Trade in Late Medieval London, Paris, and Toulouse

Marriage, Feminism, and Misandry:
Betty Duffy, Catholics, and the Manosphere

The Garbage Generation By Daniel Amneus

Gillian Welch: Watch Sunday’s performance at the Warren Hellman tribute online (link)

David Lindsay, Glorious

A remake of Space Battleship Yamato? The quality of the animation is very good, but I miss Leiji Matsumoto's original designs.

The Paleo Summit: A free event that’s not to be missed!

A necessary first step, but not enough.

City Journal: San Jose and the Elephant in the Room by Steven Greenhut

I don't think many employees of San Jose will quit if the program is passed. Where else will they go, unless it is out of the state?

Something from Michael Shedlock: Bill to Destroy California Businesses Introduced in Senate; Bill Mandates Employers with 5 or More Employees to Create "Personal Defined Benefit Plan" Managed by CALPers

Something by Yoko Kanno

BattleCastle.TV: Chateau Gaillard

The New Scot and the MD's husband would probably like this series.

Battle Castle

Paleo Summit

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Schedule - it starts today, and videos of the presentations will be available for viewing for free for a 24-hour period.

Erwan Le Corre Presenting at the Paleo Summit Feb. 27